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Upcoming Arts & Culture Events

Enjoy more than 100+ ART events in downtown Brevard and Transylvania County. Example of events: Opening of the Brevard Music Center, Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk, Old-Timey Street Dances, Music Jams, Open Mic Nite, Art Show & Sale and the celebration ends with a BANG at the Heart of Brevard’s 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza! For more information, call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To learn more about the ARTS in the Brevard area go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 25

Nature Photography Exhibit, 9 am – 5 pm unless otherwise noted, Cradle of Forestry Historic Site, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, www.cradleofforestry.org, 828.877.3130

Transylvania Heritage Museum, 10 am – 5 pm, 189 West Main Street, Brevard, 828.884.2347

AAUW Annual Book Sale, 10 am – 7 pm, Fill a Box for $5, Boshamer Gym at Brevard College, 828.884.2485

Computer Animation for Tweens, Classes are FREE and will run every day, Mon.- Fri, Tweens ages 10 -12 can sign up for the morning (Beginners) or afternoon (Advanced) session, Registration Required, Call or stop by Youth Services, TC Library, 212 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828. 884.3151

Billy’s Kids Kreations at Coffee cARTS, Ages 2 – 5, Registration required, 12:30 -1:30 pm and 2 – 3 pm, 1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, 828.877.5245

Kids Beginning Drawing Class at Coffee cARTS, Ages 6 – 12, Registration required, 3:30 -5:30 pm,

1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, 828.877.5245

Wayne Bodley and Kelly Jones, Music, 6 – 8 pm, Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, af@oskarblues.com, 828.883.2337

The 7th Broadway Cabaret, Brevard Little Theatre, 55 E Jordan Street, Brevard, 828.884.2587

Open Mic Night, 7 – 9 pm, Coffee cARTS, 1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, 828.877.5245

 Sounds of Silvermont Mountain Music Jam, 7:30 pm – 10 pm, 364 East Main Street, Brevard,

828.884. 3166

Rigoletto, Opera, 7:30 pm, Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, 828.862.2105

Stephen Lee Singer/Songwriter, 8 pm, The Phoenix Lounge, 14 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.877.3232

Chris Jamison, Singer/Songwriter, 8pm, 185 King Street, Brevard, 828.877.1850

  

FRIDAY, JUNE 26

Scenic 276 South Corridor Fine Art & Craft Studio Tour, Self-guided tour, go at your own pace—visit www.scenic276arts.com for list of participating studios and hours of operation

Downtown Sculpture Walk, self-guided walking tour, go at your own pace, visit artsofbrevard.org and click on Art Tours for map

Nature Photography Exhibit, 9 am – 5 pm unless otherwise noted, Cradle of Forestry Historic Site, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, www.cradleofforestry.org, 828.877.3130

Transylvania Art Guild Summer Arts Showcase at TC Arts Council, Art Exhibit, 9:30am – 4:30 pm, TC Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, 828.884.2787

Drop-In Makerspace: Washer Jewelry, All Day Event, TC Library, 212 S. Gaston Street, Brevard,

828.884.3151

Computer Animation for Tweens, Classes are FREE and will run every day, Mon.- Fri, Tweens ages 10 -12 can sign up for the morning (Beginners) or afternoon (Advanced) session, Registration Required, Call or stop by Youth Services, TC Library, 212 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.884.3151

Blue Ridge Bakery Boys, Music, 10 am – 1 pm, 400 South Broad Street, Brevard, 828.883.8444

Transylvania Heritage Museum, 10 am – 5 pm, 189 West Main Street, Brevard, 828.884.2347

Opening Reception for Transylvania Art Guild Summer Arts Showcase at TC Arts Council, 5-8 pm, TC Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, 828.884.2787 or www.artsofbrevard.org

Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk, 5-8 pm, Art Galleries & Restaurants in Downtown Brevard, for more information call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787 or go to www.artsofbrevard.org and click on Art Tours.

Life Drawing Class with Billy Smith, 6pm – 9 pm, Brevard Collective, 40 W. Jordan Street, Brevard 828.553.9450

Paint n Pour Fridays, 6 pm, Registration required, Coffee cARTS, 1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, 828.877.5245

Friday Night Jamboree, 6 pm, Music, Lake Toxaway Community Center, 81 Slick Fisher Road, Lake Toxaway, 828.966.4060

The 7th Broadway Cabaret, Brevard Little Theatre, 55 E Jordan Street, Brevard, 828.884.2587

Summer Outdoor Concert Series, 7:30 pm, Free Concert, TC Library, 212 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.884.3151

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 with Ilya Yakushev ~ piano, 7:30 pm, Keith Lockhart ~ Conductor, Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, 828.862.2105

Chalwa, High Country Reggae Music, 8 pm, 185 King Street, Brevard, 828.877.1850

Riyen Roots and Kenny Dore, Blues Music, 9 pm, The Phoenix Lounge, 14 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.877.3232

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

Scenic 276 South Corridor Fine Art & Craft Studio Tour, Self-guided tour, go at your own pace—visit www.scenic276arts.com for list of participating studios and hours of operation

Downtown Sculpture Walk, self-guided walking tour, go at your own pace, visit artsofbrevard.org and click on Art Tours for map

Transylvania County Farmer’s Market ~ Music by Travis Book, 8 am – 12 noon, 190 East Main Street, Brevard

Nature Photography Exhibit, 9 am – 5 pm unless otherwise noted, Cradle of Forestry Historic Site, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, www.cradleofforestry.org, 828.877.3130

Backyard Bird Photography Program, Pisgah Wildlife Education Center, ages 14 and up, 9 am, Pisgah National Forest, Register at 828.877.4423

Transylvania Heritage Museum, 10 am – 5 pm, 189 West Main Street, Brevard, 828.884.2347

Polymer Clay ~ Leaf Impressions, 10 am, Coffee cARTS, 1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, 828.877.5245

Billy’s Kids Kreations at Coffee cARTS, 10 am – 12 noon, Ages 6 – 12, Registration Required, 1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, 828.877.5245

Allison-Deaver House Open For Tours, 10 am – 4 pm, 2753 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest 828.884.5137

Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours Day Walking Tour, 10 am – 2 pm, Ages 10+, Registration Required, DuPont State Forest, 1400 Staton Road, Cedar Mountain, 949.610.5570

Andrew Thelston, Singer/Songwriter, 1 pm, The Phoenix Lounge, 14 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.877.3232

Rigoletto, 2 pm, Opera, Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, 828.862.2105

Creekside After 5, Music & Arts, 6 pm – 10 pm, Creekside Market, Greenville Hwy, 828.885.2810 

Jeff Santiago, Music, 6 – 8 pm, Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, af@oskarblues.com, 828.883.2337

Southern Exposure – WSQL Radio Presents live music from 7 – 9 pm on the courthouse lawn 828.877.5252

The 7th Broadway Cabaret, Brevard Little Theatre, 55 E Jordan Street, Brevard, 828.884.2587

Joe Byers and the Smoky Mountain Cutups, Music Jam, 7pm – 10 pm, Cathey’s Creek Community Center, Island Ford Road, Brevard, 828.883.5716

The Raleigh Ringers in Concert, 7 – 8:30 pm, Brevard High School, 609 N Country Club Rd, Brevard, 828.577.1297

Khachaturian performed by Cicely Parnas ~ cello, 7:30 pm, Keith Lockhart ~ Conductor, sponsored by Encompass Advisors at Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, 828.862.2105

Tellico CD Release Party, Bluegrass/Appalachiacana Music 8:30 pm, 185 King Street, Brevard, 828.877.1850

Blown Glass, Americana Music, 9 pm, The Phoenix Lounge, 14 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.877.3232

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Scenic 276 South Corridor Fine Art & Craft Studio Tour, Self-guided tour, go at your own pace—visit www.scenic276arts.com for list of participating studios and hours of operation

Downtown Sculpture Walk, self-guided walking tour, go at your own pace, visit artsofbrevard.org and click on Art Tours for map

Nature Photography Exhibit, 9 am – 5 pm unless otherwise noted, Cradle of Forestry Historic Site, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, www.cradleofforestry.org, 828.877.3130

Bradford Carson, Modern Mountain Music, 12 pm, The Phoenix Lounge, 14 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.877.3232

Allison-Deaver House Open For Tours, 1 pm – 4 pm, 2753 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest 828.884.5137

Sunday FUNday! Family Friendly Fun, 2 – 5 pm, Coffee cARTS, 1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, 828.877.5245

The 7th Broadway Cabaret, Brevard Little Theatre, 55 E Jordan Street, Brevard, 828.884.2587

 

MONDAY, JUNE 29

Nature Photography Exhibit, 9 am – 5 pm unless otherwise noted, Cradle of Forestry Historic Site, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, www.cradleofforestry.org, 828.877.3130

Transylvania Art Guild Summer Arts Showcase at TC Arts Council, Art Exhibit, 9:30am – 4:30 pm, TC Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, 828.884.2787

Mountain Music Monday’s at Oskar Blues Brewery, Music Jam, 6 pm, Open to all skill levels, 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, af@oskarblues.com, 828.883.2337

Open Mic Nite for Writers at TC Arts ~ Hosted by the Brevard Author’s Guild, 7 – 9 pm, Free Event, TC Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell St. in Brevard, 828.884.2787

Open Mic Night with John Trufant at 185 King Street, for Singers & Songwriters, 7 pm -11 pm, 185 King St, Brevard, 828.877.1850

Strauss, Nielsen, Bartók, Concert, 7:30 pm, Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, 828.862.2105

Jeff Sipe & Friends, Jazz-Fusion Music, 8 pm, The Phoenix Lounge, 14 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.877.3232

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 30

Nature Photography Exhibit, 9 am – 5 pm unless otherwise noted, Cradle of Forestry Historic Site, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, www.cradleofforestry.org, 828.877.3130

Transylvania Art Guild Summer Arts Showcase at TC Arts Council, Art Exhibit, 9:30am – 4:30 pm, TC Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, 828.884.2787

Tuesday Hullabaloo! Squirm & Toddle for ages birth thru 2, 10:00 – 10:30, Crafty Kids for ages 2 – 5, 10:30 – 11:00, Preschool Storytime for ages 3 – 5, 11:00 – 11:30, TC Library, 212 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.884.3151, www.library.transylvaniacounty.org/kids

Adult Beginning Drawing Class at Coffee cARTS, Registration required, 1 – 3 pm, 1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, 828.877.5245

Gourd Art Class with Betty Bessette—Twinkly Luminary, 1 – 5 pm, contact organizer to register and for directions, 828.553.1027, betty.a.bessette@gmail.com

White Squirrel Woodcarvers, 3 pm, Woodcarving in the round–all skill levels welcome. Silvermont Opportunity Center, 364 E. Main St., Brevard, 828.884.3166, wdspt@comporium.net

Southern Comfort Records Jam Session, All skill levels, 6:30 pm, 16 W Main Street, Brevard, 828.884.3575

Old Time Street Dances, 6:30 Live Music & Free Lessons, 7:30 Live Music & Free Dancing, In front of the County Courthouse Gazebo, Main Street, Brevard

Brevard Drum Circle, 7 – 8 pm, An informal meeting, open to all, experienced or not, Unitarian Universalist Church, 24 Varsity Street, Brevard, 828.877.6121

Sounds of Silvermont Mountain Music Jam, 7:30 pm – 10 pm, 364 East Main Street, Brevard,

828.884. 3166

Steep Canyon Rangers, 7:30 pm, Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, 828.862.2105

Just the Crust, Bluegrass Music, 8 pm, The Phoenix Lounge, 14 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.877.3232

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1

Nature Photography Exhibit, 9 am – 5 pm unless otherwise noted, Cradle of Forestry Historic Site, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, www.cradleofforestry.org, 828.877.3130

Transylvania Art Guild Summer Arts Showcase at TC Arts Council, Art Exhibit, 9:30am – 4:30 pm, TC Arts Council, 349 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, 828.884.2787

Transylvania Heritage Museum, 10 am – 5 pm, 189 West Main Street, Brevard, 828.884.2347

Student Piano Recital, 12:30 pm, Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, 828.862.2105

Professor Whizzpop’s Zero to Hero Magic Show, 3 pm, Ages 5 +, Transylvania County Library, 212 South Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.884.3151

Professor Whizzpop’s Balloon Twisting Workshop, 4:30 pm, Registration Required, Ages 10+, Transylvania County Library, 212 South Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.884.3151

Tail Waggin’ Tutors—Read with Mattie and Nugget, 4 – 5 pm, Kids & Family, Transylvania County Library, 212 South Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.884.3151

Wine and Charcuterie Night, 6 pm, 185 King Street, Brevard, 828.877.1850

Bill Preucil and Friends, Concert, 7:30 pm, Brevard Music Center, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, 828.862.2105

Jazz Night, Music, 8 pm, The Phoenix Lounge, 14 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, 828.877.3232

and much more . . . . thru July 4th

 

 

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Transylvania Art Guild’s Summer Arts Showcase

June 26 – July 17

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Duck Race for Kreative Kids Set for July 4th at 6 pm @ Brevard College

Ducks Now on Sale at TC Arts Monday – Friday

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council has announced its summer fundraiser – a Duck Race for Kreative Kids Art Programs. The Duck Race will be held on July 4th at Brevard College near the gymnasium on Kings Creek. Ducks will launch at 6 pm on July 4th. With every duck you sponsor, you’ll help TC Arts Council provide scholarships to art camps, pottery camps and provide more Arts In Schools Programming for K-12 in Transylvania County. Fill out your sponsor form today and sponsor your winning duck for $5. Then come to the race on July 4th at 6 pm at King’s Creek at Brevard College and cheer on your duck to victory! You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be contacted by TC Arts. Each duck cost a donation of $5 each or $25 for six ducks and $100 for 25 ducks. The winning ducks will compete for prizes from local merchants including $250.

Ducks will be on sale Friday, June 26 at the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk at the following locations:

TC Arts Council, Number 7 Arts & Broad Street Wines

For more information call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787.

The Duck Race for Kreative Kids is Sponsored by:  

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TC Arts Announces Winners of the 2015

White Squirrel Photo Contest

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with the Heart of Brevard to host the 11th annual White Squirrel Photo Contest.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “There was 26 entries this year by photographers from Brevard, Pisgah Forest, Asheville and Hendersonville, NC.

The farthest photo came in from Georgia.” The photos will be on display in downtown Brevard storefronts from May 18 – May 26.

And the winners are: First Place: Mickey Petrich, Second Place: Vickie McCall Carpenter, and Third Place: Joyce Ashworth.

Honorable Mention goes to the following photographers: Kathy Hardy, Jim Pierce, Anne Osmer, Mary Dunn and Mickey Petrich.

Judges for the contest were local photographers Sue Hershey, and Kathy Voltz as well as Joan VanOrman from Focused Marketing for Photographers.

The White Squirrel Festival will take place in downtown Brevard from May 22 – 24. To get more information on the festival go to http://whitesquirrelfestival.com/.

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10th Anniversary of Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walks

April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25

October 23, November 27, December 18* (*due to the Holidays)

5 pm – 8 pm in Downtown Brevard

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 Oskar Blues Trolley Runs 6 – 8 pm with stops at: Visitor Center, Hunters & Gatherers, The Haen Gallery & 185 King Street, and the TC Arts Council

Galleries & Art Spots Participating:

TC Arts Council, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery, Drew Deane Gallery, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, The Haen Gallery, Hollingsworth Gallery, The Gallery at 44,  Hunters & Gatherers,  Local Color, and Gravy.

Retail – Business Supporters Participating: 

D. D. Bullwinkel’s, Main Street Ltd., Theophilus, White Squirrel Shoppe, Broad Street Wines and the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center.

Music Venues Participating:

185 King Street & The Phoenix

Restaurants Participating:

The Falls Landing, The Square Root, Marco Trattoria, Jaime’s Creole Brasserie, The Phoenix, Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop, and Quotations.

 

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Sponsored by:

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Businesses donating auction items:

Harris Ace Hardware, Range Rover,  Bikram Yoga, Consignments, Lisa Sykes Rental Cabins

 

 

 

Call for Artists/Craftsmen to Create

 “Outdoor & Garden Art” for Art Spark

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council is looking for artists of all mediums to create outdoor and garden artwork to be donated and auctioned off at our Summer Fundraiser Art Spark. This event will be held on Sunday, August 9 at The Barn located at Old Bishop Place Farm in Cedar Mountain from 5 – 8 pm. Proceeds from this event will go to support the art programs of the TC Arts Council.

Examples of artwork we are looking for but not limited to: sculptures, birdhouses, bird feeders, outdoor furniture, figures, planters, mosaic stepping stones, wind chimes  . . . be creative!

All donated artwork will be on display at the TC Arts Council Gallery from July 24 – August 7. There will be an opening reception at the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, July 24 from 5 – 8 pm.

Deadline to enter artwork is July 1. Please deliver artwork and paperwork to the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, NC 28712.

Questions? Call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787. Thank you for your donation!

Artfully yours,

The TC Arts Council Staff, Board of Directors & Art Spark Committee

 

 

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Family Clay presented by Mountain Roots, Inc at TC Arts Council

May 2, May 23, June 20, July 11, July 25, August 15, August 29

from 9am – 11 am

Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for families called Family Clay on Saturday, April 11, May 2 and May 23 from 9 am – 11am. It takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant and all children must be accompanied by an adult. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.

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Presented by Mountain Roots, Inc at TC Arts Council

May 2 (hand building)

May 23 (wheel throwing)

June 20 (hand building)

July 18 (wheel throwing)

August 8 (hand building)

August 15 (wheel throwing)

August 29 (hand building)

6 pm – 8 pm

Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for adults (15+) on Saturday, evenings on the following dates: March 15 (hand building), April 11 (wheel throwing), May 2 (hand building), and May 23 (wheel throwing). It takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.

 

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TC Arts Council would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this program: Executive Planners, NC, Comporium, Wells Fargo, WSQL Radio, Transylvania Times, Betsy Barefoot & John Gardner, Brevard Little Theatre, Big Mike’s Pizza, Brevard Piano, www.IloveBrevardBlog.com and LaPetite Travel. All proceeds from this event go to support the TC Arts Council’s youth art programs from Arts in Schools, to scholarships to Summer Art Camp and Pottery Camp.

THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SPONSORS:

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Arts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers

Brevard, NC – Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.

Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending–$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.

In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included.”

Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”

And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.

The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”

Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”

TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.

Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.

Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.

Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.Americansforthearts.org/economicimpact . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.

For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

Click here to download the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click here to download the Summary of Economic Impact Findings


Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

Artwork from the Transylvania County Student Art Show
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In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at www.ncarts.org/creative_economy
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787) 
tcarts@comporium.net 

Gallery Hours – Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Directions to Transylvania Community Arts Center/Council.